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Michael Fumento discusses the miracle drugs and treatment in the pipeline--innovations that will change medicine over the next decades, eliminating diseases such as diabetes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781893554757
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 485
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Miracles in Medicine
1 The New Biotech Paradigm 9
2 Vanquishing Vaccines 13
3 Miniature Pharmaceutical Factories and Medicinal Milk 23
4 "Plantibodies" 42
5 The Book of Angiogenesis 59
6 Medicinal Matchmaking 65
7 Ingenious Gene Therapy 75
8 The Genomic Generation 84
9 Gene Testing 100
10 "Baby by Versace"? 108
11 Will Biotech Break the Bank? 115
Pt. 2 The Fountain of Youth
1 Turning Back the Clock 125
2 Starfish for a Day 150
3 Stupendous Stem Cells 155
4 Xenotransplantation 182
Pt. 3 More (and Better) Food for a Growing Population
1 The Defeat of Hunger 191
2 Safe Biopesticides 209
3 Survival of the Transgenic 233
4 Foods That Taste Too Good to Be Healthy 246
5 Developing the Underdeveloped Nations 256
6 Frankenfoods? 270
Pt. 4 Biotech Brooms - Letting Nature Clean up Man's Messes
1 Tackling Toxic Waste 299
2 Phytoremediation and Mighty Microbes 304
Conclusion: A Biotech Future 326
Acknowledgments 331
App Biotech Companies Mentioned 333
Notes 338
Index 487
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Biotechnology at its Best!

    Michael Fumento provides proof based on actual events and current research, not opinionated rhetoric based on personal or political agenda. That in itself, is rare, as too many outside agendas pollute the biotech environment, making it difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from fancy, or even deliberate misinformation. Mr. Fumento's examples are fully documented, even to the extent of an extremely well doumented bibliography section, including names and contact addresses for both scientific researchers and their corporate or research entities. This alone sets the book apart, as the reader is provided with documentation that allows evidence to take precedence over opinion. Mr. Fumento accepts the challenge of anti-biotech activism without prejudice, patiently addressing even the more ill-founded of objections with care and attention. Objections and concerns are addressed, not dismissed, a plus not often attributable to anti-biotech proponents. This is as fair a judgement of a book related to the rapid growth of modern scientific acheivement as I have ever encountered. In short, Mr. Fumento's well organied work is a masterpiece of good research, excellent writing, magnificently argued reason, compassion, and personal courage.Beyond such rare attributes, he has done a great and I hope, enduring, service to millions, perhaps billions of people most of us will never meet. Moreover, because of his passion for the inadequacies of less affluent others, we may discover that he has helped to shorten the time frame in which we will continue to read about starvation, malnutrition, avoidable disease, blindness and premature death. People who better inform themselves by reading Bio Evolution will find themselves to be well fortified to separate the 'blue sky' of biotech from its achievable promise. For both the reader predisposed to rational argument or for the confirmed opponent, Mr. Fumento presents an approach to biotechnology that must be confronted honestly, not dismissed as biotech propaganda. Read it and form your own stance on what is certain to change your life. It is an exciting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World

    You may often find science and medical news depressing. Not a day passes without one or several media scares, all screaming about imminent dangers that will adversely affect your health or even your survival. What can you do to clear this terrible feeling of despair off your mind? Try BioEvolution by Michael Fumento. This book will give you a dose of reality you probably haven't heard much about - but should. As Fumento notes, biotech won't solve all of our problems but it has amazing potential to cure diseases for which we currently don't even have treatments, to feed a growing worldwide population with less land and fewer chemicals, to clean up our waterways and contaminated factory sites, and to transform our lives in wonderful ways we can barely imagine. Right off you'll discover that biotech will produce unbelievable advances in medicine such as more effective vaccines for diseases like malaria, genital herpes, hepatitis C, cancer, the works. The only hope for an AIDS vaccine is biotech. And would you believe that you may be vaccinated against hepatitis, E. coli, and diseases that cause fatal diarrhea by eating a piece of fruit or a potato? There will be drugs that will zero in on tumors without attacking other cells. Like baldness and impotence remedies, treatments for aging are already moving out of the realm of quackery. Biotech will soon be used to extend both lifespans and the quality of life dramatically. Animal tests have shown incredible lifespan extensions of 50 percent or more! If that is not enough to get you out of that funk, take a look at what's happening in agriculture. Gene engineering is already leading to miracle crops, in which the pesticide isn't sprayed on but rather built into the plants. That way the only bugs harmed are those that eat the crop itself. Soon we'll have plants that grow in temperatures and soils that today won't tolerate anything colored green. If those soils are contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals, biotech bacteria and plants will chow down on them like starving gamblers at a Las Vegas buffet. This book will make you much more optimistic about the world's future - and yours! Perhaps the single best aspect is that virtually everybody reading BioEvolution will still be alive when many of the miracles described therein come to pass. It is also a treasure trove of information, but if you want even more there are enough citations at the end to provide you with biotech reading material for the rest of your life - or at least until you're 130, which you probably will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World

    You may often find science and medical news depressing. Not a day passes without one or several media scares, all screaming about imminent dangers that will adversely affect your health or even your survival. What can you do to clear this terrible feeling of despair off your mind? Try BioEvolution by Michael Fumento. This book will give you a dose of reality you probably haven't heard much about - but should. As Fumento notes, biotech won't solve all of our problems but it has amazing potential to cure diseases for which we currently don't even have treatments, to feed a growing worldwide population with less land and fewer chemicals, to clean up our waterways and contaminated factory sites, and to transform our lives in wonderful ways we can barely imagine. Right off you'll discover that biotech will produce unbelievable advances in medicine such as more effective vaccines for diseases like malaria, genital herpes, hepatitis C, cancer, the works. The only hope for an AIDS vaccine is biotech. And would you believe that you may be vaccinated against hepatitis, E. coli, and diseases that cause fatal diarrhea by eating a piece of fruit or a potato? There will be drugs that will zero in on tumors without attacking other cells. Like baldness and impotence remedies, treatments for aging are already moving out of the realm of quackery. Biotech will soon be used to extend both lifespans and the quality of life dramatically. Animal tests have shown incredible lifespan extensions of 50 percent or more! If that is not enough to get you out of that funk, take a look at what's happening in agriculture. Gene engineering is already leading to miracle crops, in which the pesticide isn't sprayed on but rather built into the plants. That way the only bugs harmed are those that eat the crop itself. Soon we'll have plants that grow in temperatures and soils that today won't tolerate anything colored green. If those soils are contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals, biotech bacteria and plants will chow down on them like starving gamblers at a Las Vegas buffet. This book will make you much more optimistic about the world's future - and yours! Perhaps the single best aspect is that virtually everybody reading BioEvolution will still be alive when many of the miracles described therein come to pass. It is also a treasure trove of information, but if you want even more there are enough citations at the end to provide you with biotech reading material for the rest of your life - or at least until you're 130, which you probably will be.

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